NFL Week 4 Injury News & Notes: Who’s Playing, Who’s Out

October 3rd, 2010 – by Jimmy

With several big names and key players on the fence today, knowing who will play and who won’t can be the difference between a losing day, and a profitable betting venture. Without further ado, here are your NFL injury news and notes heading into week 4.

Ray Rice, RB: Baltimore Ravens – Hampered by a knee bruise suffered during last week’s win over the Browns, Rice appears to be a go this Sunday. Unfortunately for Rice, the Ravens play the Steelers. Officially listed as Questionable, Rice participated in practice on Thursday and Friday.

“If I’m able to do the things I can do and be the Ray Rice I can be, there’s no question on whether I’ll play or not,” Rice said. “At the end of the day, Sunday’s the ultimate test.” (quote courtesy of

Rice has yet to put up the type of performances he had last season but has still managed to accumulate 210 yards rushing on 52 carries and 65 yards on 10 receptions. Rice has yet to find the endzone this season. Currently, the Ravens enter the game with the Steelers as 2.5 point underdogs according to the NFL Week 4 Betting Odds. While Rice’s performance on the field has yet to wow, there is little doubt the Ravens will need him going into this week 4 matchup against the league’s 6th rated overall defense. Kickoff is slated for 1pm.

Fred Taylor, RB: New England Patriots – News came down yesterday that Taylor would be Out on Monday night against the Dolphins. After missing 4 consecutive practices, the last on Saturday, the Patriots officially declared Taylor out for the game. Hampered by a toe injury, Taylor will be unable to improve upon his 25 carries for 98 yards he has on the season.

With Taylor out, the focus in the running game will most likely turn to RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and others on the Pats running back platoon. Also in the backfield will be RB Danny Woodhead, and RB Sammy Morris. RB Kevin Faulk was lost for the season after suffering a torn right ACL in the Patriots loss to the New York Jets two week back. If there was ever a running back by committee, this would be it. Currently, the Patriots are a 1 point favorite going into a Monday Night Football matchup with their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins.

Pierre Garcon, WR & Donald Brown, RB: Indianapolis Colts – Both players have been ruled Out of the Colts’ NFL Week 4 Matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both players missed practice last week due to hamstring injuries. Neither player traveled with the team to Jacksonville so the chances of seeing either in action is zero.

Luckily for the Colts, the have an assortment of weapons for Manning to throw the ball to. WR Austin Collie is having a breakout season through three games and the always talented WR Reggie Wayne is available. Furthermore, one of Manning’s favorite targets, TE Dallas Clark will be on the field and available for service. WR Anthony Gonzalez will also not be playing after having been ruled out earlier in the week.

Unfortunately for the Colts, the running back position isn’t as deep. With Brown out, #1 RB Joseph Addai will undoubtedly get more plays and touches… if he plays. Addai is hampered by a knee injury and is officially listed as Questionable. It is unsure if Addai will play at this time but the picture should clear up as the 4:05pm EST kickoff approaches.

Behind him will be RBs Mike Hart and Devin Moore. Neither player has seen much action this year or previously, but if one is to fill the role of Brown, it will most likely be Hart. Bodog Sportsbook currently has the Indianapolis Colts listed as the decided favorite in this affair with the line being 7 in favor of the Colts.

Steven Jackson, RB: St. Louis Rams – Officially declared a “game time decision” it is unknown at this time if Steven Jackson will take the field as the Rams host the Seahawks. Jackson injured his groin last Sunday and has been limited in practice on Friday after missing all previous practices this week.

Jackson has been the workhorse of the Rams’ offense and has provided rookie QB Sam Bradford a formidable running attack and passing outlet so far this season. If Jackson is unable to play, this could be a tough task for Bradford to achieve without his all-star RB in the backfield. So far this season, Jackson has managed 214 yards on 51 attempts with one touchdown and 9 receptions for 62 yards. If he is unable to go, RBs Kenneth Darby and Chauncey Washington will be in his place. Currently, the Rams enter the game with the Seahawks as 1.5 to 2 point underdogs.

Knowshown Moreno, RB: Denver Broncos – As stated by Broncos’ Head Coach Josh McDaniels on Friday, RB Knowshown Moreno would most likely be Out for his second consecutive game due to a hamstring injury.

This is no surprise to the Broncos as they’ve been plagued by injuries especially in this position since camp started in early August. In fact, injuries to the tailback position forced the Broncos to bring in RB Laurence Maroney from the New England Patriots. With Moreno out, it will be Maroney and RB Correll Buckhalter getting the carries coming out of the Broncos’ backfield. The Broncos currently rank 30th in rushing, a mark which is likely not to improve this week against the Tennessee Titans. As it stands now, the Broncos are currently 6.5 to 7 point underdogs according to the latest NFL Betting Odds.

Andre Johnson, WR: Houston Texans – There is little doubt Andre Johnson has the ability to change a game and the Texans will definitely want him on the field Sunday as they take on the Oakland Raiders. Officially listed as Questionable, Johnson missed consecutive practices on Thursday and Friday due to an ailing ankle injury which was re-aggravated against Dallas last Sunday.

Without Johnson in the lineup, Raiders’ CB Nnamdi Asomugha will be free to roam the field and cover the hot receiver. This potentially has the chance to slow down Matt Schaub and the Texans’ high powered passing attack. Last week with Johnson injured, the Texans lost to the Cowboys, 27-13. Johnson was unable to make much of an impact in that contest, 4 catches for 64 yards, and the Texans lost. While Oakland doesn’t possess the talent of Dallas, without Johnson, it could be tough sledding for the Texans and Matt Schaub. Entering this matchup on the week 4 NFL schedule, the Texans will be 3 point favorites on the road (odds courtesy of Intertops Sportsbook).

Out Indefinitely:

Mathias Kiwanuka, DE: New York Giants – Bulging Disc in Neck (officially ruled out for Sunday Night Football against Chicago Bears)

Players Ruled Out For Season This Week:

Dennis Dixon, QB: Pittsburgh Steelers (knee surgery)
Leroy Hill, LB: Seattle Seahawks (injured Achilles)

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